Newlyweds Antione and Tiffany are searching for their dream first home in the Newark/Fremont area, twenty minutes from San Jose. They've been living with Tiffany's mom for six months to save up for their down payment, and are ready for a space of their own. With a budget of $450,000, will they be able to find a house with a yard for their dogs and storage space for Antione's extensive shoe collection, all in the great neighborhood that Tiffany wants?
Rob works in advertising and his girlfriend Amanda is a middle school Spanish teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They'd like to find a home by their one-year dating anniversary and have enlisted the help of Rob's mom. Rob would like a home with historic charm and character, while Amanda prefers more modern amenities. They're also at an impass about where to settle; Rob would like to stay in Ann Arbor, while Amanda likes the nearby town of Plymouth. Rob's mom certainly has her work cut out for her, since this newly-dating couple rarely see eye to eye when looking at houses.
Hawaii is paradise. Unless you're a family of four crammed into a two bedroom condo. So Billy and Naomi want a single family home with more space. But even with a $650,000 budget, buying a home in this pricey market is tough. And with Naomi's high expectations, finding a home they can love will be a tall order.
Tyler has been living a frat boy existence in Portland, Oregon, with a roommate, football parties and plenty of beer. But now that he's turned 30, he's ready to strike out and buy a place of his own. He's set a $225,000 budget, and with his friend Ben along for support, he hopes to find a place with an easy commute to his teaching job in the suburbs as well as to the action downtown. He also has his hopes set on an updated kitchen, a big yard and a space just for his guitars. But this first time buyer isn't an easy sell: he's already turned down more than 100 places, making this one of the toughest house hunts his realtor has ever experienced!
After getting promoted, Air Force officer, Elizabeth Lopez had decided to buy her first home in San Antonio. She wants to get a place to share with her mother, Monica. With a budget of $200,000, she's hoping to find a spacious home with a huge master suite. More importantly, she would like to find a place that's near her new base at Fort Sam Houston. Trouble is, Monica wants to stay where they currently live, 45 minutes away from Elizabeth's new job. Plus, she wants a house with all the upgrades.
Laura has had quite a year: graduating from college, landing her first engineering job, health problems that landed her in the hospital, and now homeownership. This 20 something blonde is hoping that by bringing along her straight talking Aunt, she'll be sure not to get in over her head any more than she already has. But this structural engineer is not your typical buyer - seeking out cracks and foundational concerns at every turn. Will she find a home where she can finally settle down, or end up building her life on a shaky foundation?
Shekhar, an engineer, and his wife, Swati, a fashion designer, have been living with her parents while looking for a home. They've made many offers, but so far the booming Silicon Valley real estate market has been too much for them to handle, even with over $1 million to spend. With their architect in tow, they're hoping to land a famous mid century modern Eichler home in Palo Alto, but in an area flush with dot-com cash, will they be outbid?
Carmen and Eric recently moved to Indianapolis from San Francisco because of her job in the hotel business. They get a free room for two months and now theirtime is up. Can they find the right home in Indianapolis, and finally settle down?
Zack and Lauren have been renters for years, but when they discovered their rent would soon be increased, they realized that it's a landlord's market, and why not cash in on the boom? The couple want to purchase a multi-family property where they can live and collect rent, but in Buck's County Pennsylvania, there are few such rental units on the market. Sean Ryan, a Realtor with Avalar Real Estate, thinks he can help. He's rounded up three very different properties all of them with income potential. With a modest budget of $350,000, will Zack and Lauren find a place with enough rental units to cover their mortgage?
Newlyweds Melissa and Evan moved into his cramped grad student apartment when they got married. But now he's pursuing his doctorate, which could mean four more years of sharing tight quarters. So they've decided to take the leap and buy their first home in Durham, North Carolina. They know exactly what kind of house they want and which neighborhood they want, but they may not be able to afford it all with their grad student budget. Are the realities of real estate compromise a lesson they're willing to learn?
Iraq war veteran Roberto and his German wife Carina are ready to trade their rented high-rise condo in downtown Raleigh for a single-family home with a yard for their three-year-old son Diego. With the help of a VA loan program, they have a budget of $235,000. But will they be able to reach a compromise between Carina's preference for an older home with charm in downtown Raleigh and Roberto's dream of a big new house in the suburbs?
Sheldon and his fiance Kristina are both surgical neurophysiologists in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They currently rent a condominium near the ocean; they take full advantage of its location, walking and biking to the beach as often as possible. Sheldon especially loves anything involving the ocean; his main hobby is caring for his giant saltwater fish tank. Sheldon would like to stay on Ft. Lauderdale's east side near the ocean, while Kristina wants to move out west to a more family-oriented area for when they have children.
Donald and Johanna are ready to get out of their rental in Sacramento, California, and buy a place where they can start a family. The couple has set a budget of $325,000, and hope to find a home with lots of rooms for lots of kids, and a kitchen where Johanna can indulge her passion for cooking. But this is no ordinary house hunt: Donald says he has a special gift of clairvoyance, and that he can feel 'energy' in a home that no one else can sense. If he walks into a place that makes him uncomfortable, he won't even finish the tour! Can this couple find a place that meets their wish list, as well as Donald's unusual criteria?
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